On This Day

Historical Events in January 1893

  • Jan 1 1st US college extension courses for credit, University of Chicago
  • Jan 1 The railway line from Germiston to Pretoria, South Africa, is opened to traffic
  • Jan 2 1st US commemoratives & 1st US stamp to picture a woman issued (Queen Isabella, patron of Columbus)
  • Jan 2 World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago [or 0501]

Music History

Jan 3 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final opera "Iolanta", is first performed outside of Russia in Hamburg, Germany

  • Jan 4 US President Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy
  • Jan 6 Great Northern Railway connects Seattle with east coast

Historic Event

Jan 6 The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.

  • Jan 7 Hermann Sudermanns' play "Heimat" premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 10 Richard Drigo's ballet "Magic Flute" premieres, St Petersburg

World Record

Jan 11 Jaap Eden skates world record 1500m (2:35)

  • Jan 13 British Independent Labour Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)
  • Jan 13 U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
  • Jan 17 -17°F (-27°C), Millsboro, Delaware (state record)
  • Jan 17 Queen Liliuokalani is deposed by an American coup, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
  • Jan 17 Franco-Russian Alliance is signed

Theater Premiere

Jan 19 Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder premieres in Berlin

  • Jan 21 Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now Botswana)
  • Jan 28 Edward Mcdowell's "Hamlet & Ophelia" premieres in Boston
  • Jan 31 "Westminster Gazette" begins publishing